May 11: Nick Clegg and sadness over fate of selfless man

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From: Brian Sheridan, Redmires Road, Sheffield.

THE demise of the Liberal Democrats means that there is no longer a party of unprejudiced balance in the country. The petulant treatment of Nick Clegg’s party by so many of their so-called supporters because he propped up those awful Tories shows that they are really champagne socialists.

Your recent Editorial gives due credit to Clegg for the success of the coalition: it is uncommon for a politician to put his country before party and personal interests. I hope those who voted for his party in 2010 are satisfied now they have vented their spite on an honourable man.

From: Phil Hanson, Beechmount Close, Baildon.

THE resounding success of the SNP is significant, but should not be blown out of proportion.

In population terms the SNP has 5.29 million, whilst Yorkshire has the same, so if the people of Scotland are demanding a better deal, bearing in mind how spread out some of the population is there, it is high time Yorkshire got a similar crack of the whip with regard to spending per head.

Scotland’s population density is 67 people per square kilometre, while Yorkshire’s is 440. The result is that Yorkshire is much more efficient at spending tax pounds yet gets less back of what the population contributes. I suggest we push for parity with the Scots, but I do not support self rule or more self-determination, as this seems to require even more seat warmers to manage this.

From Captain Paul Hughes PhD, St Helen’s Mews, Howden.

YOU published a special spread of national election results (The Yorkshire Post, May 9) from 59 local constituencies. The inclusion of Yorkshire without Middlesbrough, together with parts of Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, fairly represents your discerning readership.

While the traditional county actually holds only fifty-three constituencies, one (Brigg and Goole) does stray a little. The Yorkshire constituencies contain 3.8 million electors, each averaging 72,000.

Scotland has a similarly sized population to Yorkshire. The 59 Scottish constituencies contain 4.1 million electors, with each averaging 69,400. That difference advantages the 
Scots. However, the political mood is for fewer rather than more MPs.

The Scots have two MPs more than the present set up warrants. Consequently your decision to publish the exact same number of results as those northern ones is most commendable.